Recipe: Tagine with legumes, halloumi and pomegranate

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Put 3 tbsps sunflower oil in a tagine (or a pan with a thick bottom) and heat them up. Add 1 tbsp mustard seeds, 1 tbsp ground cumin seeds, 1 tbsp ground coriander seeds, 1 tbsp curry and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Mix everything over low heat to release the aromas.

Then add 2 cloves of garlic, chopped; 1 tbsp harissa, 2 coarsely chopped onions, and 3 cm finely chopped ginger. Lightly fry everything, then add 400 g cubed tomatoes (tin) and 2.5 dl vegetable stock.

Cover the tagine with a lid and leave to simmer for an hour.

Next, add 240 g boiled chickpeas and 240 g boiled white beans; leave the tagine to simmer for another half hour.

Cut 200 g halloumi into 1 cm thick slices. Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan and fry the cheese on both sides until golden brown.

Season the tagine with pepper and salt to taste.

Before serving, stir in 200 g spinach, sprinkle with the fried and cubed halloumi, a handful of fresh coriander and 4 tbsps pomegranate pips. Delicious with Arabic flatbread or Turkish bread.

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